One of the North Texas Team Dirt and Vert members completed her first 100 mile ultra at Dinosaur Valley on November 21-22, 2020.
We asked her a few questions about the event and her takeaways.
Congratulations to Sue and we look forward to seeing you cover many miles leading up to your next 100 mile race.
1- Tell us all about your first 100M race. Was it what you expected?
It was the toughest race I had ever done. I expected this going into the race that it was going to be hard mentally and physically. I am glad I did it because it challenged me mentally more than anything else.
2- What was your longest race distance prior to DV and what made you choose this race?
The longest race I had ever done prior to this race was the Spartan Ultra which is a 50K and 70 obstacles. I choose this race because my good friend Jackie had reached out to me mentioning that this 100 miler race had a huge discount code for signing up.
3- How did the pandemic impact your training or race preparation?
The pandemic was actually a blessing for me in training for the race. It gave me a positive goal to look forward to and to stay active. Since the lock down in March 2020 I was able to work from home so I had more time dedicated to my training all summer long leading up to the race. Some days I ran early in the mornings or right after work. I devoted more time researching and testing out my gear to prepare for the race.
4- In hindsight, what would you have done differently in training or race execution?
If I can change one thing in my training is to speed walk more. I mostly ran nonstop in my training schedule. In hindsight I ended up walking most of the night. The major thing I would do differently is consume more food and calories during the race and hit up the aid stations more. I bonked on a couple of the loops due to not eating enough food.
5- Now that you’ve completed your first 100M, what’s next?
I would like to run more trail races in 2021. I plan on doing this race again. The race director and volunteers were very supportive. They did an amazing job organizing this event! I love supporting local races.